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    July 1, 2011
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nba in lockout what are we supposed to do this fall? go look at the foliage or something? it's "way too early" for this. good morning. i'm willie geist. this is "way too early," the show that resents the fourth of july falling this year on a monday. that doesn't help anyone miss any extra work whatsoever. come on, calendar. i'm glad you are up with us watching on msnb or listening live on sirius xm radio. you can tell us why you're awake this morning by texting your response to 622639. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this friday, the very first day of july. a lot to talk about, including a response to reports yesterday that time geithner is headed out the door. we'll tell you what he had to say about those.
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and steven colbert goes to washington. he's now the proud owner of a super pack. so what does one do with his own super pack? we'll hear from mr. colbert. first let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. just in overnight, prosecutors in the sexual assault case against former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn say the case could be on the verge of collapse as questions about the credibility of the accuser grow. for the latest on this, we bring in cnbc's scott kohn live outside the courthouse in manhatt manhattan. what's going on? >> reporter: this is a potentially stunning reversal for dominique strauss-kahn. late yesterday afternoon we got word that there would be an unscheduled hearing in the case. he wasn't due back in court until july 18th. then we found out it was about his bail. then the explosive report first in the "new york times" yesterday that this case, this sexual assault case against him
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could be on the verge of collapse. the problem -- the hotel made who made the accusations has a lot of holes in her story. both before and since the accusations. allegedly she lied on her asylum application from west africa, when she came to the u.s. lied about a rape charge. there are also, according to the "new york times" report, questions about whether she was making some calls to an accused drug dealer right after the alleged incident. and this accused drug dealer had been depositing money into their account, tens of thousands of dollars, which potentially ties this accuser to drug dealing and money laundering. so prosecutors now, understandably, have lost a great deal of confidence in this woman, though manhattan district attorney cyrus vance has been said not to be ready to drop the case. dominique strauss-kahn will be
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in court this morning, at issue is whether they relax his bail. $6 million and house arrest. potentially releasing him on his on recognizance. he wouldn't be allowed to leave the country but maybe able to repair his badly damaged reputation. >> you mentioned "new york times" report about a conversation she had with a drug dealer who is in jail. the times said she discussed on the phone the possible benefits of pursuing charges against dominique strauss-kahn and that phone call was recorded. am i right to think dominique strauss-kahn could be out of house arrest after this hearing this morning? >> that's what we're hearing. he could walk out of this courthouse a free man, though not allowed to leave the country. he would continue to have his passport surrendered and released on his own recognizance. a vast reduction in that bail package. >> all right. scott kohn live with us this morning.
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thanks. the "washington post" is reporting that the justice department is launching a full criminal investigation into the death of two detainees who were in cia custody. a decision that could mean legal jeopardy for many government agents. the two investigations involve the death of a detainee in afghanistan at salt pit prison in 2002 and that of an iraqi prisoner killed in abu ghraib in 2003. in a statement leon panetta acknowledged the investigations and made it a point to mention that the justice department also dropped over 100 minor cases of abuse. he said i welcome the news that the broader inquiries are behind us. we are finally about to close this chapter of our agency's history. yesterday the senate confirmed david petraeus as leon panetta's replacement at cia. panetta moves into robert gates' position as secretary of defense today. secretary gates in an elaborate pentagon ceremony yesterday paid tribute by president obama. the president calling gates a
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humble american patriot. surprised him with the medal of freedom. the country's highest civilian honor. an emotional gates said he was humbled by the award calling his service to the country a privilege. >> i'm deeply honored and moved by your presentation of this award. it is a big surprise but we should have known a couple of months ago you are pretty good at this covert ops stuff. it has been one day since president obama's news conference where he blasted congressional republicans for failing to strike a deal on raising the debt ceiling. now republicans are hitting back. sticking point in negotiations was the democratic push for raising taxes on wealthy americans. republicans say this is not an option. slamming the president on capitol hill yesterday. >> congress is not going to approve hundreds of billions of dollars in tax hikes.
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it's simply not going to happen. the president does not seem to get it. >> not to be reckless, not to give demagogic speeches like the president gave yesterday. disgraceful. he should be ashamed. >> now he says it isn't worth his time to come down to talk to republicans. i remember when he talked to republicans before and all we got was a lecture, so maybe if he would take a valium, calm down and come talk to us t might be helpful. >> wow. rhetoric continues on the senate floor with kentucky senator rand paul questioning why the president left washington yesterday after urging everybody else to stay. >> went on national television, chastised congress. he said to congress, and i quote, members of congress need to cancel things. you know what? i agree. i'm here today, though, mr. president, where are you? my understanding is the president's campaigning, has a fund-raiser in philadelphia
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tonight. i don't believe he's here tackling the nation's problems today. >> more on that fund-raiser in a moment. white house press secretary jay carney responded saying the president can do more than one thing at a time. he also commented on mitch mcconnell's invitation for the president to come to the senate to hear why republicans oppose tax cuts. he said the president knows what the positions are, and it's not a conversation worth having. former president bill clinton is weighing in on the debate, talking to abc news yesterday he said he sees another path for compromise. >> what i'd like to see them do is agree on the outlines of the ten-year plan and agree not to start either the revenue hikes or spending cuts until we got this recovery underway. >> former president also says the president has a good case to make on himself and the economy for the 2012 election. in other 2012 news, mitt romney has some harsh words for president obama on the economy as he took his presidential
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campaign to allentown, pennsylvania yesterday. romney held a press conference outsiz outside a closed metal works factory, the back drop president obama used in 2009 to tout his stimulus plan as proof that the president's handling of the issue has hurt the country. >> as you look around and see the weeds growing, you can recognize it's more a symbol of the failure of the economobama economy. >> as i said, president obama toured the factory in december of 2009. reports show he did not promise stimulus funds would include money for that factory, which officially closed its doors in january of 2010. at a fund-raiser in philadelphia, the president said the criticism from romney and others is politics as usual. >> while i'm working there will be candidates parading around the country. they're going to do what they
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do, which is they're going to attack here in philadelphia. they'll attack. they won't have a plan but they'll attack. the american people are a lot less interested in us attacking each other. they're more interested in us attacking the country's problems. >> the president and romney both participated in fund-raisers in philadelphia as a critical fund-raising report deadline loomed last night. according to the "l.a. times," estimates for the second quarter were $60 million raised for president obama, with romney raise bei raising about $20 million himself. there were some reports out there yesterday on the same day defense secretary gates left that the president could be losing his treasury secretary as well. well, that treasury secretary responded. let's get all up in your business with rebecca meehan
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live in london. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yes. the treasury secretary is timothy geithner, of course. there were loads of media sources saying he was considering stepping down this is by no means a du s s a done . but he was considering stepping down. he is the last senior member of obama's original economic team as well. just looking at some of the other high profile people to leave the team over the past couple of years, larry summers, he stepped down the beginning of this year. timothy geithner one of the last ones left standing, but it looks like it could be coming to an end for him if these media reports are indeed accurate. >> geithner shoots that down, geithner is not leaving immediately, any way. tell me about what's happening in london yesterday. i understand some public workers were holding some protests? >> yeah. that's right. in common with other european
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countries, the government here is making cutbacks. that's being resisted by many members of the public sector. here in london yesterday, in fact in many cities, about 80 cities around england and wales, we had hundreds of thousands of public sector workers striking. schools were closed because the schools holiday of the summer have not started here about half the schools in england were disrupted because of that. >> as you say, it's happening all over europe. >> rebecca, thank you very much. still to come on "way too early," first the nfl, now the nba. the league locked out its players yesterday. the rest of us were left to pass the day with baseball, golf and professional wrestling. and steven colbert scores a victory on capitol hill, so what is steven up to here? does he even know? that story and a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back. [ female announcer ] imagine skin so healthy, it never gets dry again.
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welcome back to "way too early." it's 5:45 on the button on this friday ahead of the fourth of july. let's check your weather now from nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill, how is the fourth of july weekend looking? >> i know it will shock you, but it's hot in some spots. >> really? in july? >> in july, hot. who is a lit totle too hot toda? chicago you have a close chance of getting to 100. all of that is heading towards the east coast for the fourth of july weekend. isolated storms down in the deep south, maybe the northern plains dealing with thunderstorm, especially minnesota later today. into saturday, the hot weather
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spreads to the mid-atlantic, d.c. near 95 on saturday. storms heading into the ohio valley and then new england if there's one bad day in new england late in the afternoon, it would be sunday afternoon with a chance of storms. along the gulf you have your typical storms in the afternoon, that's why everyone goes to the beach early in the morning. by the time we get to the fourth of july, a few storms in atlanta, maybe tennessee. that's not enough to ruin anyone's festivities. this is a tranquil, hot forecast for most people. >> so the fireworks will be on on the fourth of july. take that to the bank. bill karins said it. time for some sports. remember the excitement of the nba finals a few weeks ago? that's over now. as of midnight this morning, the nba has locked out its players after failing to reach a new deal before its collective bargaining agreement expired. the lockout puts the entire season in jeopardy and with the nfl also in the midst of a work stoppage, it means for the second time in history two leagues are shut down
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simultaneously by labor problems. the nba's first lockout since the 1999 season, which was reduced to a 50-game schedule and the only time the nba missed game dues to a work stoppage. the two sides remain far apart on just about every major issue. with 22 of the league's 30 teams claiming to be losing money, the commissioner said something had to be done. >> the goal here has been to make the league profitable, and to have a league where all 30 teams can compete. >> nba players, union president derrick fisher said the players will not give up and asked the fans to support them throughout the process. nfl now the nba. at least we got baseball. they're actually playing baseball. news on the field. interleague play. yankees and the brewers. yankees ace c.c. sabathia set the tone early. striking out prince fielder to end the first inning. already up 2-0. yankees first baseman mark
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teixeira will launch his league leading 25th home run. going left field. that put the yankees up 3-0. teixeira's 300th career home run was more than enough. sabathia tied a career with 13 strikeouts. the yankees went on to a 5-0 shutout win. sabathia is the first major leaguer to reach 11 wins. the yankees 2 1/2 games up on the red sox heading into the subway series with the mets. boston in philadelphia trying to avoid the sweep. here's one way to do it. take out the opposing pitcher. cole hamills had to be removed from the game after he was drilled in the wrist by a line drive off the bat of adrian gonzalez. x-rays were negative. his replacement didn't fair too well. jason varitek hits the first of his two home runs, this one in the sixth. kind of floats that out of the stadium. putting the sox up for good. 5-2 win for the red sox, the 700
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for terry francona. pirates in toronto where matt diaz and escobar got reunited this is tuesday night. a hard slide into escobar to break up a double play. last night it happened again. diaz takes down escobar by sweeping the leg. sweep the leg, johnny. sweep the leg. breaks up another double play with a vicious slide. it was escobar swiping at diaz. all fair in love and war. surprising pirates two games out of first place to start the month of july. at wimbledon, the ladies final is all set. 2004 champion, maria sharapova is back in the title match. she won 12 of the last 16 games to storm past sabini lisicki.
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her seven-year gap between wimbledon finals is the longest. she will face petra kvitova in the final. coming up on "morning joe," mitt romney makes a campaign stop in front of a shuttered factory in allentown, pennsylvania as proof, he says, that president obama has failed american workers. the president also in pennsylvania last night hitting back. when we come back, we'll huddle around the water cooler to watch steven colbert visit washington and leave with a super pack. ...was it something big? ...or something small? ...something old? ...or something new?
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♪ oh, yes. it is fourth of july weekend. can you feel it? just three days away from the fourth of july, a day when the 13 american colonies declared themselves independent, free from british rule. over the weekend millions of us will honor that with fireworks and the backyard barbecue. if you want to sound smart tell your friends in july of 1776 there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the newly independent united states. this year that number is around 311.7 million. my, how we've grown.
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enough of the real news, let's huddle up around the water cooler to see what steven colbert was up to yesterday in washington. the federal election commission approved colbert's super pack. he has his own super pack. how very exciting. by a vote of 5-1. it's all complicated about why he wanted it and why he wanted to vote on it. here's what happened yesterday. >> i'm here to represent your voice so please quiet down so we can all hear what you have to say with my mouth. moments ago the federal election commission made their ruling. ladies and gentlemen, i'm sorry to say we won! and so can you! >> steven colbert, what will you do with that unrestricted superpac money? to what i say i don't know. give it to me and let's find out.
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i don't know about you, but i do not accept the status quo. but i do accept visa, mastercard, american express. today i changed the course of america appearing before the federal election commission to convince them to let me form colbert superpac. the key issue would me talking about my pac force viacom to report sensitive financial secrets. let's get straight to today's explosive committee room action. >> mr. atkins -- >> earlier set forth in agenda document -- >> certain -- something -- certain expenditures do not have to be reported. >> i let those commissioners have it with both barrels. >> good morning. >> yes. >> you're welcome. >> boom.
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number one story right now on msnbc.com -- wait for it wait for it. here is the big reveal. the minnesota state government in its second shutdown in six years as budget talks fail. yes, the minnesota state government has shut down. we asked what you're doing at the top of the hour. tim what do you have? >> wake because willie geist massage has been haunting so many. >> what else you got? >> my dog stepped on the remote, that's from brian. >> tim, we have to work with you a bit on this. i love you. i love you, but we got -- okay. joe, dog stepped on the remote. we had that one before. that's now a growing